“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts. ‘Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. ‘These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. … “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the Lord. … You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord for seven days in the year. … It shall be a statute forever in your generations.” –Leviticus 23:1-4, 34 & 41a (Emphasis is ours.)
Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) on the Blanco River
What a wonderful week of celebration we had here at the Triesch Place on the Blanco River, celebrating the biblical festival (the “appointed time”) of Sukkot. This feast commemorates the time that the Israelites spent living in temporary dwellings…tents or “booths”…after God brought them out of Egyptian bondage. The Hebrew word is “sukkah” (singular) and sukkot (plural). The God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob did not want His people to forget all that He taught them … so , how do we learn?
We learn by doing…and doing…and doing over and over every year! 🙂 We teach our children…or, we are supposed to teach our children, year in and year out, all the instructions for living ( the Torah), that God gave to Moses at Mt. Sinai!!It’s interesting that these Feasts are “His” Feasts… NOT Moses’ Feasts, or the Jews’ Feasts. They are the “Feasts of the LORD” and they are to be celebrated forever. We are reminded in many places in the Bible that God does not change His mind….that He is the same yesterday, today and forever. In 1 Samuel 15:29, it says, “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.” Hmmmmmm….so, how did we get the idea that what He said about His Feasts and the Sabbath Day being “forever” had, indeed, changed??
Well, let us tell you what a blessing it is to celebrate His Feasts and His Sabbath Day that He made for us! We started with four families pitching their tents and setting up their camping trailers down at our patio under the oak trees by the river. And a fifth family joined us on the last Saturday night! Every family member had his job to do and, before you knew it, all the cooking and serving tables were set up, the sukkah (pop up tents) was set up and branches of willow and river bamboo were neatly placed on top, lights were strung up all around, and it was all ready for Sukkot!!
We had devotionals in the early mornings, daily teachings in the mid-morning by video from Pastor Mark Biltz, via DVD from God’s Learning Channel in the Upper Room (upstairs over the garage)… lunch and dinner ‘on the ground’ in the Sukkah! There was a “movie night” when we watched the delightful film, Ushpazin, from Israel…a story depicting the modern day celebration of Sukkot in Israel. There were daily non-stop basketball and other games, plus, a wonderful campfire to gather around at night and swap stories while roasting ‘kosher’ marshmallows!! 🙂
Our Fellowship Group hosted a lovely Erev Shabbat Dinner on Friday evening with invited guests from the community. We called it Shabbat Night Live on the Blanco River! Starting with the lighting of the Shabbat candles, the blessing, then after dinner, blessings ‘under the Tallit’ (prayer shawl) of all the wives, sons and daughters… A short video was then shown of Jim Staley’s trailer for his new video teaching, God’s Prophetic Calendar, and A Jew Born Anew, an interview of Marty Goetz on The Crossover Project‘s TV Show… Wonderful Davidic Dance was performed by all the young ladies of our group to the music of Howie & Aline of Mishkanim, their song, Returning, and Paul Wilbur’s Come Let Us Go Up to the Mountain. Very inspiring, indeed!! The night was capped off with wonderful praise songs led by some of our neighbors and some of our group… Special thanks go out to Jim & Barb Geistfeld for getting us started with a rousing rendition of “Rock-a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham”…then Lawrence & Patty Coffee’s unique gospel sounds of old traditional hymns, John Lightfoot’s Spirit-filled praises & prayers, and the inspirational songs of J.J. Heller offered up by our granddaughter, Victoria Celestine, and our own “Wimberley Hillbillies,” the Edwards family, plus Chris Carroll!!
The week was finally topped off Sunday morning with a teaching by Jean-Claude Chevalme, “LIVE” from Las Vegas, in the “Upper Room” via Skype! We all enjoyed almost 2 hours of teaching on The Spirit of Unity or the Unity of the Spirit, which included a lot of Q&A! You can find Jean-Claude on his website or at GLC (see link above). He has a regular program you can watch there. Click here.
What a joy-filled week we had! Just what our Father wanted for us! I will try to post some more pictures soon.
We were blessed to be asked to sing at Immanuel Baptist Church earlier this month in Kyle, TX, and also enjoyed a visit over at the Wimberley Gospel Music Festival seeing several of our South Texas Gospel Music friends. There will be a STGMA Gaither-Style Gospel Music Concert on October 27, at Kirby Baptist Church, in San Antonio, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Hope you can join us for that event. And we will also be looking forward to seeing all the good folks at Llano Cowboy Church October 21.
We love you all! Thank you for being our friends!! Please keep in touch!
Shalom and blessings,
Gene and LaVada